Music Reviews

Title: Aftermath
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain Productions (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Mailorder
Rated: *****
Chicago’s leading Industrial act returns with their already fifth full length release and so we have also a nice return for the label behind this act, Negative Gain Productions. The men (pardon: one woman) around Micah Skaritka provide us here without doubt their best and also most updated and modern sounding release so far. This counts especially for the included sequenced bass and synth lines taken out of some Electro and Trance genres, which could belong to the marvelous work of the producer of this release, Oliver Taranczewski of EVILS TOY, who is also member of the NGP label mate YAVIN 4. 11 new tracks in all are featured here, plus two new remix works on some older CI tracks ("Embryonic Testaments" and "Black Tides"), plus a collaboration effort between CI and YAVIN 4 on one of the best tracks here, "Deadline". CI now combine the mentioned modern Electro/Trance sounds with the mostly clear sounding voice of front man Micah and here and there are some crafty guitar riffs as well. I’m a bit surprised how damned catchy this stuff can be, the "untypical" use of some guitar sounds doesn’t disturb the mood here. It doesn’t sound too much American-like, the European influence is well set in here. Some favorites to mention are "Venus Corpse" or "Dreaming Siren" featuring the most recognizable melodic efforts. The new version of "Embryonic Testaments (Still Born Mix)" satisfies with some distorted vocals besides the well done music. Make sure also to check out the male/female duet on "Sugarbomb". There’s no filling fodder here, all tracks prove a good and well-thought quality. Excellent artwork done by as well, so go and get it!

SANG.RAEL: Seasons Change And Illusions Fade

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 18 2006
Artist: SANG.RAEL (@)
Title: Seasons Change And Illusions Fade
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This debut release of the US one man act SANG.RAEL proves once more, that it doesn’t need a label contract to bring out professionally a CD. Hailing out of Arizona, Nikolas Phrasavath could already enter some recognition thanks to his both tracks featured on both quadruple CD compilations "Endzeit Bunkertracks" Vol. 1 and 2, out on Alfa Matrix. This CD comes in a well done digi pack providing all relevant information and the cool artwork is done and executed by Michel Renfield of NOISE PROCESS ( I’m wondering a bit that until now no label could pay some attention on this act, moreover because the good quality of the music is without doubt. Musically you’ll get a fine arranged Dark Electro/Industrial stuff following the paths of known acts like the older INFORMÄTIK, yes, and it should be allowed to name NOISE PROCESS as a possible reference as well. Nick’s pieces here are pending between faster and danceable tunes ("A Brighter Day", "Prophetic" and my personal favorite "Inside Of You") to slower and more melodic pieces like the must-be-heard "This Moment" and "The Blue" (featuring a nice vocoder effect on Nick’s vocals). Three remix works are also available here done by THE AZOIC ("Prophetic"), HARDWIRE (an unknown name for me, but a well done work on "Inside Of You") and NOISE PROCESS (the winner of this "contest" with a darker than the original version of "This Moment"). Please make sure to contact Nick to purchase this limited to 1000 exemplars and numbered release of one of the best kept secrets the Electro/Industrial genre has to offer. Next to the lately discovered FIX8:SED8 another favorite which won’t collect dust here, get it!!!

EO IPSO: Endzeitstimmung

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 18 2006
Artist: EO IPSO
Title: Endzeitstimmung
Format: CD
Label: GrenTzwert (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
It’s end-time mood for this mysterious German duo and all who’d expected a new harsh EBM output are wrong – Powernoise-Industrial, that’s the formula to describe this sonic assault. Second release also for the new label GrenTzwert after the debut of GREIFENKEIL, this release is a kind of collection of older material mostly presented on obscure and limited releases far beyond my knowledge. It includes of course some new pieces as well, so that this CD can be called a nice collection of the complete work of this act. The offered music fits well into the globally Powernoise/Industrial-Noise genre, it is mostly fat layered and rhythmically arranged. Pogo-like dancefloor action should be guaranteed with the steady tracks like "Erstschlagspolitik" or "Held Für Deutschland". Some words have to been said to the track names, which may do leave here and there some questions. It also has to be said because EO IPSO do provide vocals – as far how much they are understandable through the massive use of distortion and overdrive effects. They integrate phrases by repeating slogans or titles like a phrasemonger over and over again – a special kind to get a hypnotic effect, if the given tracks aren’t somehow noisy and monotonous enough for your taste. It is written in that info sheet that they don’t spread any politically message – well, check yourself with track names like "Millitärkomplex", "Globalisierungsgegner" or both above mentioned. It looks a bit that they follow in their own kind the ideology of a well known act like FEINDFLUG, while musically not comparable. A bit provocation can not hurt, it may can produce attention. Fans of rhythmically Powernoise efforts can’t go wrong with this item.

Scanalyzer: On the One and the Zero

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 16 2006
Artist: Scanalyzer
Title: On the One and the Zero
Format: CD
Label: Positron! Records (@)
Rated: *****

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For you uninitiated, if your blood type is "0+1" but you don't know it yet, this is one of those CDs that will forever wed you to the Little Black Box. Formed out of the programming brains of Sister Machine Gun and Christ Analogue respectively, Chris Randall and Wade Alin concoct an all-instrumental sonic assault by the numbers. The special deal with this CD is that you, the buyer, become legally licensed for file sharing, podcasting, and even sampling the song tracks themselves, under something called Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 (those numbers, again...). What's neat about that added dimension is that On the One and the Zero doubles as both entertainment and raw source material to make even more entertainment. Although the music itself isn't much more than straight EBM canon, you really can't go wrong either way.

VV.AA.: alfa matrix re:connected [2.0]

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Aug 16 2006
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: alfa matrix re:connected [2.0]
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Released in a beautiful paper card box with a nice art work here comes a new DCD compilation set of the Alfa Matrix label group out of Belgium. The reason for the release is simple, also Alfa Matrix celebrates its 5th anniversary. With an ever growing roster the need for DCD is surely required to pick all active acts. Almost all bands offer new stuff, or hard to find items. Check the track listing below and pick out your favorite, but a few need to be mentioned here. HEADSCAN opens the first CD with a new cut "Tomorrow Square" – high skilled and modern with some well integrated Trance elements as usual. ZOMBIE GIRL also return with a tougher remix of "Bleeder" which really kicks! TAMTRUM also satisfy here with a remix of their cut with the unspeakable name "Paranoiak, Hypokondriak & Toxicomaniak (The Poison Gift Remix)". Great tracks are also presented by INURE with "Neverending" – this act gets better and better – and STRAY, a side-project of the beloved she-devil UNTER NULL, although on her "Intoxicate (b mix)" I can’t see the sense for this side-project, because the relation to UNTER NULL is immense. Not to forget is Claus Larsen providing a track under his very own name. Second CD offers a new UNTER NULL cut, which follows the kind of her past work and I’m sure the listeners and fans of Erica’s stuff will dig this new tune as well. Both latest new signings I:SCINTILLA and TECHNOIR presenting the title tracks of their EP’s (TECHNOIR offers a special "Birthday Mix"), which got both released besides this compilation in these days. Another new signing is the Swedish act MIND:STATE which follows musically the given course of acts like ASSEMBLAGE 23 with out convincing completely – a bit more own ideas and identity please. SKANDA is a new project between the AIBOFORCEN member Benoit Blanchart and the a;GRUMH frontman J3, also presenting here their first musically sign of life, stylistically playing an ominous kind of haunting EBM – well done, I’ll look forward to hear more. Always to mention has been now and then PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE providing us the old-school formula, and this works also beautiful with "So Schön". The value of this compilation is of course presented though the exclusive stuff all bands have to offer. If you have discovered this growing force out of Belgium you have to pick up this fine DCD set ASAP!


01. HEADSCAN . tomorrow square
02. NEBULA-H feat. PANGEA . andalusion
03. ZOMBIE GIRL . bleeder (industrial strength mix by Seb)
04. IMPLANT . the stimulator
05. SERO.OVERDOSE . your road
06. REGENERATOR . angelie
07. LEAETHER STRIP . gaza strip (occupied territories version)
08. DUNKELWERK . your love (rough cut)
09. TAMTRUM . paranoïak, hypokondriak & toxicomaniak (the poison gift mix)
10. FRONT 242 . headhunter (live)
11. INURE . neverending
12. O.V.N.I. . panic inside (edit)
13. STRAY . intoxicate (b mix)
14. AGONISED BY LOVE . frozen in me (GOD'S OWN MEDICINE mix)
15. CLAUS LARSEN . dannebrog

01. UNTER NULL .prophecy
02. MENTALLO & THE FIXER . brute force uploading (mescalero radio edit)
03. AYRIA . the gun song (shooting blanks)
04. I:SCINTILLA . havestar
05. KLUTAE . happy birthday
06. DISKONNEKTED . 10 years (V 0.1 repeat)
07. MIND:STATE . belief
08. TECHNOIR . manifesto (birthday mix)
09. AIBOFORCEN . confusion (PRIDE & FALL mix)
10. GLIS . dead set [7am]
11. SEIZE . craving (press the mushroom mix)
12. MONOLITH . al ahali (techno mix)
13. SKANDA . soma
14. NEIKKA RPM . demon breeder (anno 5 mix)

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